PhD Scholarships

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Our aims

  • scientific advancement and innovative solutions for environmental issues
  • support of highly motivated PhD students with projects to be completed within three years
  • qualification of young scientists with high environmental competences
  • networking between environmental experts of all disciplines

What we expect from you

  • you aim at innovative and sustainable solutions for current environmental issues within your PhD thesis
  • above-average university degree; all disciplines are eligible
  • your PhD project covers current environmental topics in Germany or global issues with relevance for Germany
  • sufficient skills of German; application and interview are in German; your PhD thesis has to be undertaken at a German university
  • you have not started your PhD thesis yet; if you have been working scientifically on your topic since more than one year after obtaining your university degree, we consider that you have started your PhD thesis
  • please check our guidelines in German for further information: Förderleitlinien

What we do for you

  • up to 60 PhD scholars are funded per year; you can check our database for project examples
  • funding period: 36 months
  • monthly grant: 1.500 €
  • monthly material expenses: 210€
  • further material expenses if applicable
  • support for scholars with children if applicable
  • tutoring by DBU staff
  • one week seminar per year for presenting your results, excursions and interdisciplinary networking
  • support to organize own scientific workshops
  • invitation to events of the DBU
  • networking between scholars and alumni via the web-based platform Stipnet

Application procedure (only available in German)

First of all, please check the requirements detailed in our guidelines in German: Förderleitlinien. You can save a lot of time and work!

  1. register online
  2. complete all required fields and upload a detailed description of your intended research work (check our Förderleitlinien for the outline)
  3. submit all needed documents (check our Förderleitlinien for the details) by regular mail indicating your reference number until 15th of January/ 15th of June respectively (date stamp)

Please note: This English version is just for information purpose. In case of doubt, the German version is the binding one.

Further information/ requirements

  • Complexity of environmental problems requires interdisciplinary collaboration between different scientific disciplines. Therefore, DBU would like to support young researchers working in various fields. Thus, all disciplines working on environmental issues are welcome; i.e. in addition to natural sciences and engineering, also social sciences, humanities, economics and law. Interdisciplinary topics are especially welcome.
  • We welcome subjects of international importance. The research work, however, has to be performed mainly in Germany, with a clear reference to the German environmental situation.
  • We expect good skills of German from foreign applicants to allow their integration into the DBU scholar network.
  • Incomplete and late applications (received after the deadline) cannot be considered.
  • Not more than one application per selection round is accepted per workgroup and/or scientific supervisor.
  • The PhD program supports single persons and not institutions.
  • It is not possible to focus several applications onto the same topic without the consent of DBU.
  • A selection committee, composed of professors of different disciplines, decides on successful candidates twice a year. The refusal of an application excludes from further attempts.

Apply for a DBU dissertation fellowship!

The procedure is done in 3 steps:

  1. Check the basic conditions
    Please note first the basic conditions on the page Förderleitlinien for a DBU fellowship.
    You can save a lot of time and work!

  2. Register
    Follow the online registration process
    (only available in German)

  3. Complete all required fields
    Make sure that you submit your written documents (including diplomas, certificates ,...) and your consent form, INDICATING YOUR REFERENCE NUMBER, after the online application by regular mail!

Contact the Scholarship Programme


An der Bornau 2
49090 Osnabrück

T: ++49 541 9633 0
F: ++49 541 9633 193